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Forty Words for Sorrow

by Blunt, Giles

  • ISBN: 9780399147524
  • ISBN10: 0399147527

Forty Words for Sorrow

by Blunt, Giles

  • List Price: $24.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam
  • Publish date: 06/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780399147524
  • ISBN10: 0399147527
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Description: When the badly decomposed body of thirteen-year old Katie Pine was found in an abandoned mine shaft four months after she'd gone missing, it was homicide detective John Cardinal's sorry duty to inform her mother out on the Chippewa Reserve. It had been Cardinal who'd run the search for Katie when she'd disappeared, Cardinal who'd been demoted to the burglary squad for excessive zeal -- for spending too much time on the case, for refusing to accept what the department finally insisted in -- that it was a simple runaway. "They say Eskimos have forty different words for snow", Cardinal mused as he entered Dorothy Pine's pre-fab bungalow. "Never mind snow. What people really need is forty words for sorrow. Grief. Heartbreak. Desolation. There were not enough words -- not for this now childless mother in her empty house".

Katie Pine isn't the only youngster to have gone missing in the town of Algonquin Bay. With Cardinal's hunch she'd been murdered now proved right, he was back on the case, looking for her killer even as he reopened the files on three other missing kids. But Cardinal is partnered this time by Lisa Delorme, newly shifted to homicide from the Office of Special Investigations. Could their pairing have more sinister implications? Could she have been sent to investigate Cardinal? A guilty conscience makes him think so.

A tormented cop whose life and career are falling apart. A French-Canadian female police officer with three strikes against her: her sex, her ethnicity, and her six years investigating dirty cops. A police department with something rotten in it -- too many busts gone south, too many tips coming up empty. And a pattern of missing kids found mutilated, tortured,murdered -- a pattern that screams "serial killer".

As Cardinal and Delorme work out a modus vivandi in order to solve the cases, they soon recognize the pattern -- and realize that time is running out before the killer strikes again.

"Forty Words for Sorrow" is a work of excruciating tension that does not let up. It is a brilliant portrayal of two twisted killers, frightening but somehow human in their monstrousness. And it is a truthful rendering of an anguished cop whose own human faults fuel his need for justice. It is the first in a series featuring Cardinal and Delorme. The next, The Glittering Woods, will take place largely in the Eastern United States.

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